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Weekend Warrior, July 1 - 4

The joyous sounds of LOUDS will be opening the festivities tomorrow evening at Johnny Brenda’s. I’m certainly digging the first taste of their upcoming album Charm Up! You should expect more of a sampling tonight. They’ll be opening for headliner Ron Gallo, former Philly folky/bluesman turned Nashville garage rocker. Sandwiched between the two will be psych-punks Acid Dad, whom you may recognize from the cover of our current Deli Best of NYC print edition. No worries - you have the long weekend to recover. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $12, 21+ - Alexis V.
Other places to celebrate your 4th of July weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.)  FRI Mercury Girls
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Sonny Knockout, The Up Up Ups, SAT Lightning Jones, Civil Holdup
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Supine, SAT Scorched/Jesse Tyler, SUN Hivelords, MON Drums Like Machine Guns, Heavy Medical, Unguent, Ghost in the Salad, Wipe Hour, Lead Pipe
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT The Divine Hand Ensemble
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Red Means Run, The Sparklers, Midwestern Exposure, SAT Cape Wrath (Release Show), Usti Waya, Little Strike
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Brady & The Bear, Melissa Clampffer, Sophie Coran, Man Illuminated, Theologicals, Christopher Davis-Shannon. Chris Zurich, Rachel Schain, Ashton John/Boy Wonder, Chris Gennett, Mineo, The Black Moons, Tracey Chamberlain Band, Alexis Vaganos, Sweet Eureka, Hot Breakfast, ortlElk Embassy
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Above the Mendoza, The Jumping Juvies, Violent Island, SUN Native Maze, Solar Circuit
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Museyroom
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St) FRI Andorra, The Loud Company, SAT Edgewise, Easy Creatures
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Dav, Reed Streets
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) SAT Cthulhu Martini, The Rectors, Mr. Unloved
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Mr. Sonny James
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) SAT Ed Christof
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Danny Newport & The Show Pony Express, Banned Books, SAT Dear Forbidden, In Bruges, Uncle Walter, Anthony Leitch
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, SAT Splintered Sunlight, The Wallace Brothers Band, SUN Splintered Sunlight, Whiskeyhickon Boys
Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St., Ste. 76) SAT Doubles, Fake Boyfriend, Coping Skills
The Pharmacy (1300/02 S. 18th St.) SAT Downtrodder, The Cats, Glassgrade Matt (From Jank)
Slime Time Live (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI When Ships Collide, Trash Boy
Lower Level (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Purity Control
Pharmland (Please contact one of the acts ore venue for more info.) SAT Hey Cindy, Busy Bee, White Privilege, A Day Without Love, Readership, SteveO & The Crippling Addictions, LE Yikes SURF CLUB
Sk8ordie (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Space Chumpy, Ramona Cordova, Sad Hana
The BMA (Please contact one of the acts ore venue for more info.) FRI Palm, Jasno

Nozart debuts live his fresh, orchestral sound - Mercury Lounge, July 8

Ironically, more often than not the best way to create something fresh is by digging deep into the past. For quirky and charming orchestral pop artist/composer Nozart, this means smoothly blending classically inspired compositions with his own indie-pop vocals. To some this premise may seem gimmicky at first (after all, how many terrible classical music/rock hybrids have we experienced already?), but his music is convincing in its ambition and execution. His compositions, which include piano, brass, wind, and percussion, are intricate but also minimalist, and definitely steer clear of any pompousness. This is key because it allows Nozart's vocals enough space in each track to turn them into "songs" rather than orchestral pieces that happen to include vocals.  Nozart certainly has the potential to bridge the chasm between avant and mainstream with his uniquely catchy track "Just Let it Go." Don't miss his debut live performance at Mercury Lounge on July 8. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

Rich Ruth explores with refreshing curiosity on "Thruster"

Generally uneasy and slyly experimental, when Rich Ruth's Thruster settles down for a moment, it likes to ease into a minimal funky groove like if Parliament had temporarily replaced George Clinton with a Gameboy. But that's only one sound of many to be found here—there's off-kilter folk, off-kilter new wave, off-kilter world influences, and other assorted sounds that generally leave the kilter at home, whatever that is in the first place. It's an enjoyable listen all the way through, sparse but never short on new ideas, and you can give it a listen below. -Austin Phy

Corbu unveils new single + talks about synths

Heavily inspired by a life of vivid dreaming, Brooklyn's Corbu take the concept of "Dream Pop" to the extreme, expressing through their music their interpreted realities of the 'sleep-world' . The band just released single 'Polygon Forest' (streaming) off of their soon to be released studio album, 'Crayon Soul'. The track incorporates tribal beats, several layers of synths and the ethereal, psychedelic leaning vocals of lead singer Jonathan Graves. Intrigued by Corbu's sound, we asked him to talk about the band's synths and their set up in this Delicious Audio feature.

NYC Soul Artist on the rise: Brittany Campbell hosts monthly event at Skate Brooklyn

Brittany Campbell is the artist people dream to be. Not only did she produce her own (third) album "Heroes" and animate the video for the title track (streaming), she is also the co-host of a monthly event at Skate Brooklyn  called Tomboi (pictured) which showcases and empowers women artists. Her Jamaican-influenced pop-soul anthems mix in a touch of hip hop and punk ethos make for a compelling live performance; members of the crowd who don’t dance stand enthralled in the musicianship of her live band, and the unbridled charisma of the spunky frontwoman. Though Tomboi  implies the infiltration of traditionally male roles, the strength of Brittany and her sistren is a class of its own. - BrokeMC, photo by Meena Ziabari


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